Keeping your skills current

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As IT Professionals our organisations rely on us to be the “go-to” resource when it comes to new operating systems, technologies, or trends. When we’re not using these technologies day to day it presents a problem: how do I keep current?

The traditional way is to attend a course provided by a Certified Partner for Learning Solutions –e.g. Ace Training or Auldhouse – is an excellent way to get in-depth knowledge, especially when studying to pass a Microsoft Certification.

You can come along to one of our free, instructor-led, IT Camps where you can get hands-on with the new technologies such as Windows 8.1, Microsoft Intune, or Microsoft Azure.

For the DIY’er, there is also the option to fire up a virtual machine running Windows Server, SharePoint, SQL Server, or even Linux on Microsoft Azure. Sign up for a free trial, or activate the free Azure credits included in your BizSpark, MSDN or Microsoft Partner (MPN) program subscriptions.

There is also a resource that is available to you 24x7, is constantly updated and added to, and boasts a huge catalogue including topics such as Hybrid Cloud, Windows 8.1, Windows Server, and Virtualization. This resource is called Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) and it is the premier source for Free Online Learning. With MVA you can do more than just access training material. You can also create a personalised Learning Plan and track your progress. Not only is this a great tool for yourself - it also makes for a great record to show your employer when you come up for your next review! In addition to interacting with the courses on the website, you can also download both video and presentation material so you can take it with you and watch on your big screen at home, or on the airplane during your next trip.

There are a lot of courses available to you on Microsoft Virtual Academy, but here are a few examples to get you started:

Happy learning!

Regan Murphy
Infrastructure Technical Evangelist
Microsoft NZ


The NZ 2015 Imagine Cup is open!

Entries for the 2015 NZ Imagine Cup are now open! Submit your next big idea by the 5th of December. Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is the world’s most prestigious student technology competition. Cash prizes and worldwide recognition are up for grabs too with the winning NZ team taking home $5,000 as well as the opportunity to represent New Zealand at the Worldwide Finals in July 2015.

Winners announced!

A huge congratulations goes out to the following winners who each completed a course on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) as part of the Free Online Learning competition that ran from mid September to the 15th of October. The top prize, a Nokia Lumia 1520, was taken out by Luke Wilkins, who says he’s already been enjoying his new toy!

Five of your fellow IT Pros are also sporting a new Fitbit Flex™ on their wrists, including: Alex Tjahjana, Rodolfo Gandionco and Ross Brown. Congrats guys! We're also sending out a stack of polo shirts, USB 3.0 Hubs and USB 16GB sticks! Head to the Free Online Learning at MVA because the best IT Pros never stop learning. And sometimes they win sweet prizes too!

The Tech Elite announced!

There’s more winners this week! The first two monthly winners from the Join the Tech Elite competition have been contacted and will each take home a limited-edition Microsoft jacket. The winners for September will be contacted in the coming weeks (apologies for the delay). To enter into the next monthly draw: complete the recommended MVA course tracks and gain the highest number of points in NZ for the month. Find out more on the competition and becoming an expert in your country here.


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IT Camp: Implementing a Mobile-First World with Microsoft Enterprise Device Infrastructure

21 October - 4 November 2014
The volume and diversity of devices that users want to use to access corporate assets grows every day - everything from tablets to phones to wearable devices. At this one day interactive, hands-on training event, you will deep dive into key enterprise scenarios like identity, information and app protection. Register for your nearest one now: Auckland (21 October), Wellington (28 October), and Christchurch (4 November).

IT Camp: Extend your Datacenter with Microsoft Azure

30 October - 20 November 2014
If your organisation needs to scale on demand, rapidly respond to your customers, and maintain total control over your data at all times, attend one of these free camps led by Microsoft experts. You'll get hands-on training and first-hand experience extending your network using Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines as well as a deep dive into key enterprise scenarios like workload migration and networking. Register now for one in your area: Hamilton (30 October), Auckland (11 November), Christchurch (13 November), and Wellington (20 November).

ModernBiz Azure Technical Training

29 - 30th October 2014
This two-part, free online technical training delivered by Microsoft technical consultants provides step by step training, demonstrations and a live Q&A. Learn how to leverage Azure to deliver cloud-based solutions and services to small and midsize businesses (SMBs). You should attend this training if you work for a Microsoft reseller that wants to take advantage of the new opportunity to resell Azure through the Open Licensing channel. Read more and register for the Part I course as well as the Part II course to really get up to speed.

Startup Weekend Tauranga

7-9 November 2014
Startup Weekend is rolling into Tauranga in early November from the 7th-9th! Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to bring technical and non-technical entrepreneurs together for action, innovation and education. Technical Evangelist Thiago Almeida will be making an appearance, so be sure to get your tickets now! If you’re planning on building a proof of concept website or app during the weekend, make sure you sign up for a free Azure trial account now so you can hit the ground running!

Startup Weekend Auckland

14-16 November 2014
Auckland will get its fair share of Startup Weekend action too, come the 14th-16th of November! Technical Evangelist Thiago Almeida will be attending the Auckland event as well. Make sure you get a ticket to this 54-hour event for entrepreneurs of all sorts. Again, if you’re planning on building a proof of concept website or app during the weekend, it's a great idea to sign up for a free Azure trial account now so you can hit the ground running when you're there!


IT Pros who are on the top of their game never stop learning. Keep your foot on the pedal and make the most of Microsoft Virtual Academy's year-round, Free Online Learning. New, world-class courses are added monthly. If you haven't already, see what's on offer from these expert delivered courses.

Your Office365 Trial.

Thinking about taking a look at Office 365? The slides & videos in this course walk through key scenarios you can try for yourself to get some hands-on experience.

Role-Based Administration.

Role-Based Administration allows mapping of administrator organizational roles to security roles, and the slides and videos in this course show you how.

The Server and Cloud Enrolment.

The slides and videos in this course we will review details around Microsoft Volume Licensing’s Enterprise Agreement and the new Server and Cloud Enrolment (SCE) which provides benefits for highly committed customers who standardize broadly on one or more key Server and Cloud technologies from Microsoft.


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